• cjvannette

    “Red state denizens perform 20 percent more government and government
    services related searches than blue staters (also ironic or unexpected
    because red staters are supposed to despise government)”

    Only unexpected if you haven’t been paying attention. From the New York Times in Feburary:

    Dean P. Lacy, a professor of political science at Dartmouth College, has identified a twist on that theme in American politics over the last generation. Support for Republican candidates, who generally promise to cut government spending, has increased since 1980 in states where the federal government spends more than it collects. The greater the dependence, the greater the support for Republican candidates.

    Conversely, states that pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits tend to support Democratic candidates. And Professor Lacy found that the pattern could not be explained by demographics or social issues.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/us/even-critics-of-safety-net-increasingly-depend-on-it.html?pagewanted=5